UCL Qatar

Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

Recruitment to all of our degree programmes is currently closed. The application window will re-open in September 2014, for entry in August 2015. From September 2014, it will be possible to submit an online application via the 'Apply Now' link below.

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Degree Programmes

Conservation Studies MSc


Full-time 2 years


This MSc is a two-year course that covers a wide range of materials, from objects (metals, glass, stone, ceramics) to textiles and contemporary art, plus archaeological sites. Students will be trained in the theory and principals of conservation and will be able to specialise in a material of their choice in the second year. There is a regional focus to the course, as well as substantial practical placements at museums, sites and cultural heritage organisations across the region, in order to give students the transferrable skills required to assume a leading position as a conservator or within the cultural heritage sector.


This MSc has a total value of 360 credits. In Year One students take seven compulsory modules (total 180 credits). In Year Two students take three compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory Modules
  • Introduction to Conservation Practice
  • Principles in Conservation
  • Preventative Conservation
  • Investigating Objects
  • Object-based Learning
  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
  • Collections Care and Management

Students will undertake a four-week placement at a museum, site or cultural heritage organisation.

Compulsory Modules
  • Applied Conservation Processes
  • Communicating and Managing Conservation
  • Materials Science for Conservation

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.


Students will undertake an eight-week placement at a museum, site or cultural heritage organisation.


For admission to this MSc, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard.

Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (7.0 overall) and TOEFL IBT (100 overall).

There are no subject pre-requisites for entry, however some previous experience and understanding of Chemistry is useful. Candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied, via the personal statement section of the application form. Candidates should have a passion and curiosity for conservation and cultural heritage. They should also be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of what the course entails.

Relevant work experience, for example in a museum or the cultural heritage sector, will be considered.


Students at UCL Qatar benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation, materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region. An ever expanding conservation library collection is housed within the ultra-modern faculty building. UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the most prestigious North American institutions. Degrees are awarded from London, but international students benefit from the unique cultural experience of living in the Middle East, and Doha’s positioning as a crossroads between past and future.
Students on the programme come from a diverse range of nationalities and backgrounds, and have studied at Bachelor’s degree level subjects including Art, Art History, Archaeology, Architecture and Science.  


A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Candidates who apply on-time and receive offers of admission are automatically considered for funding. They will be notified of the outcome in early-June 2013. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit.


Applications can be submitted online. Our annual intake is in late August, with applications due on or before 1 May each year.